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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 8, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY MARCH 8 2005 FIFTY CENTS Hospital releases Maestas Beating victim still suffers from pneumonia By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The 21yearold Santa Fe man brutalized by a group of young men more than a week ago allegedly because hes gay was released from the hospital a family spokesr woman said Monday James Maestas was taken off a res pirator at St Vincent Hospital and could breathe on his own so he went home to his parents house in Santa Fe on Sunday night said Rachel Rosen a family friend I was Rosen said But thats what hap pens when youre young and See MAESTAS Page A4 INSIDE TODAY James Maestas nwar State Basketball Tournament State hoops special Todays edition of The New Mexican includes a keepsake section featuring local teams that qualified for Girls and Boys High School State Basketball Tournment The girls tournament begins today Todays obituaries Tomas A Gonzales Feb 27 Marie Montoya 36 San Juan Pueblo March 5 Guillermo 6 Martinez 80 Lower San Pedro March 4 Luggie A Maestas 81 Fair view March 6 John B Montoya 80 Santa Fe March 6 Wolf Schlien 57 Santa Fe March 6 Rebecca Romero March 5 Rose Griego 90 Tesuque March 7 Manuel D Garcia March 7 Verlyn Saladen Santa Fe Christobal B Zamora 82 Belen March 4 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy breezy 1 High 59 low 26 Page B2 ft bud NDEX Mailbox B7 Business Dl Classified Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news D3 B8 B7 B7 Lotteries B2 Movies B3 Opinion A7 Police notes B3 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Stocks C6 Four sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 67 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 Senate panel Pass deathpenalty ban Senate Rules Committees vote falls along party lines with Democrats favoring measure and Republicans opposing it Luis Sanchez New Mexican Andrea Vigil of Espariola wipes her tears as she listens to the Senate Rules Committee discuss the death penalty Monday night at the Capitol Vigil whose lawyer husband was murdered in 1999 by one of his clients said she doesnt believe death is appropriate punishment and wants It abolished The bill passed 42 By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican An effort to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico came one step closer to reality Monday when a Senate committee voted for a dopass recommendation for a bill that would replace capital punish ment with a sentence of life in prison without parole The Senate Rules Committee voted 42 in favor of House Bill 576 sponsored by Rep Gail Beam Albuquerque Mondays vote was along party lines Democrats in favor Republicans against But one Republican senator who missed the vote because he was tied up in another committee said Monday he is considering voting for the bill Sen Steve Komadina of Rio Ran INSIDE Richardson says he wont sign the Houses paydayloan bill A House panel will review Bacas case and set a precedent for impeachment The House approves a bill increasing the penalty for dog attacks Page A 9 cho said he would probably vole for Beams bill if some amendments were added And Id probably vote against it if my amendments arent he said Komadina said he would like to see more aggravating circumstances that would qualify a murderer for life in prison without parole These include deliberately murdering a child under 13 murdering a law enforcement officer whether or not the officer was on duty multiple mur ders and heinous crimes that defy human The bill now goes to the Senate Judi ciary Committee where prospects for the legislation look good The Judiciary panel includes two senators John Grubesic DSanta Fe and Linda Lopez DAlbuquerque who voted for the bill on the Rules Committee two outspoken advocates for repealing the death penalty Sens Cisco McSorley DAIbuquerque and Senate Majority Michael Sanchez DBelen and two senators who voted to repeal the death penalty four years ago Richard Martinez DEspanola and Lidio Rainaldi DGallup The bill could have a tougher lime on the Senate floor A similar deathpen alty repeal bill lost by one vote in 2001 And even if it passes to become law it must be signed by Gov Bill Rich ardson who is in favor of keeping Please see PENALTY Page A8 State police cite Grubesic with careless driving John Grubesic Senator admits he was driving too fast when he overturned his SUV By DEBORAH BAKER Associated Press Writer A state senator was cited for careless driving after his vehicle overturned near his home last week state police said Monday T was careless It was a stupid Sen John Grubesic DSanta Fe said in an interview lie said he was driving too fast last Thursday night when he madea turn from the paved Old Santa Fe Trail onto a dirt road where he lives Grubesic said he had had two drinks earlier in the evening but was absolutely not intoxicated when the accident occurred as he was returning home from a meeting When I made the turn the back end started to slide out and I overcorrected with the steering he said The sport utility vehicle skid ded into an embankment and overturned onto its side break ing the drivers side mirror but didnt roll said the senator He was not injured Grubesic was not at the scene when the police arrived at according to state police spokesman Lt Jimmy Glaseock The senator said he had walked the 40 yards home A neighbor had reported the accident said Grubesic who is a lawyer According to Glaseock who cited state police reports officers talked to Grubesic a few hours later at his home and he said he did not know how the vehicle got there During a subsequent interview on Saturday with his lawyer present Grubesic acknowledged driving the vehicle Glascock quoted the state police reports as saying Please see GRUBESIC Page A8 The Associated Press Hans Bethe pictured in his office at Cornell University in Ithaca on Dec died Sunday at age 98 Last giant5 ofLANL dies at age 98 By BEN DOBBIN The Associated Press ITHACA Bethe a giant of 20thcentury ptiysics played a central role in the buiiding of the atomic bomb and won a Nobel Prize for discovering the pro cess that powers the sun and the stars has died at 98 Bethe who died Sunday stood alongside such figures as Enrico Fermi Robert Oppenheimer Leo Szilard and Edward Teller as a member of the corps of scientists who ushered in the atomic age During the World War II race to build the bomb Bethe was head of the Man hattan Projects theoretical physics division at Los Ala mos National Laboratory Bethe was the last of the giants of Los said Gerald Brown a physics pro fessor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Bethe who fled Nazi Ger many and joined the Cornell University faculty in 1935 also made major discoveries about how atoms are built up from smaller particles about what makes dying stars blow up and how the heavier elements are pro duced from the ashes of these supernovas He averaged a scientific breakthrough every decade or so beginning during the golden age of physics between the world wars Bethe also played key roles in the 1963 nuciear testban treaty and the 1972 antiballisticmissile treaty Even though the Abomb designers knew its calami tous potential the weapons reality was worse han we Bethe said in an interview with The Associ ated Press in 1996 After Hiroshima many of us said Please see GIANT Page A5 Snowslide kills Los Alamos man during avalanche training By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican A member of Santa Febased Atalaya Search Rescue who was taking an avalancheeducation course in central Colorado was killed in a snowslide Sunday outside the Aspen Highlands ski area John Jensen 32 of Los Alamos was one of six people taking part in a Level 2 training sponsored by Aspen Expeditions when the slide struck Jensen and other students were in the last day of the three day course and were working at about feet The 200footwide avalanche trav eled about vertical feet down Five Fingers Bowl to the Castle Creek Val ley floor according to the Pitkin County Sheriffs Office Jensen was dug out by members of Mountain Rescue Aspen but died of asphyxiation before he could be taken to a hospital Another man managed to swim out of the slide but he fractured his femurs and suffered other internal injuries accord ing to the Aspen Daily News Avalanche danger over the weekend was listed as moderate Dick Jackson the owner and director of Aspen Expeditions is conducting an inter nal investigation and will soon release a statement according to a spokeswoman Spencer Logan a weather forecaster at the Colorado Avalanche Information Cen Please see AVALANCHE Page A5 r John Jensen of Los Alamos a member of the Santa Febased Atalaya Search Rescue was killed Sunday in an avalanche near Aspen while taking part in an avalanche education course ;